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FAQ/Walkthrough by Suprak the Stud

Version: 1.00 | Updated: 04/23/19

Compendium

Horses

Breaking Wild Horses

You will find a lot of horses out in the wild, and no matter which one you find you will need to break them the same way. if you just run up to them they'll flee and you won't get credit for breaking them. Instead, when you find one start walking slowly towards it. Target it as soon as you can, and then study it. Once it has been studied, you need to keep on targeting it all the way as you walk towards it. Walk very slowly or you risk spooking the horse. Calm it as often as you are allowed. As soon as the option becomes highlighted and is no longer blacked out, you will want to immediately calm and keep walking slowly. Once you get close enough, you can pat it a couple of times to help calm it a bit further. After, climb on top of it.

As soon as you have it mounted, you will need to officially break it. It will start bucking you, and you want to hold the left analog stick in the opposite direction it is trying to walk. Most of the time this will be holding back or back and slightly to the left or the right, but it can move around quite a bit so be prepared and keep an eye on what its movement is. Keep holding the left analog stick back until the game tells you that you have broken the horse. You will get credit for breaking the horse if you are attempting to complete the associated challenge, but it might still have some will tendencies. Ride around with it for a little bit and keep patting it by pressing the left analog stick to try and calm it. Once you hit horse bonding level 1 it will finally control as a normal horse.

List of Horses in Compendium

American Paint
Common CoatsOvero and Tobiano
Uncommon CoatsSplashed White and Grey Overo
Wild Horse Location

Near the middle of Ambarino. The best spot is east of Donner Falls and south of the "I" from the Ambarino text on the map. Around here is a handful of roads that all intersect to make a triangle, and there is a hill to the southeast of this intersection. There is a clearing up here, and you will very frequently find horses on this clearing. Unlike a lot of the other horses, there does not appear to be as much variation as to their location because the clearing itself is so small.

The Splashed White can also be found in the wild, but only under specific circumstances. Occasionally when you are at a campfire in the wild, you will be ambushed by a random gang. This will differ depending on which area of the map you're on. Rarely, when you are ambushed like this, one of the men will have brought the Splashed White horse with him and you can steal it after you deal with the ambush. This is one of the hardest horses to get in the entire game, and it is entirely based on luck whether it will spawn or not.

NotesThe Overo, Tobiano, and Splashed White are all found in the wild and you can find those first two in towns as well. The Splashed White is a rarer variant, but it is not that much better than the common coats. The best coat is the Grey Overo, which can only be purchased at the Tumbleweed Stable starting in the Epilogue: Part 1. It isn't the fastest horse you can find, but it has solid overall stats and is definitely preferable over any of the wild version of this horse you can find.
American Standardbred
Common CoatsBlack and Buckskin
Uncommon CoatsPalomino Dapple and Silver Tail Buckskin
Wild Horse LocationThe highest concentration of these in the wild tends to be in the northeastern Cumberland Forest region in New Hanover. They usually are east of Fort Wallace and south of Bacchus Station, and there will usually be two or three grouped together.
NotesThe common coats here are unremarkable, and you'll run into them in the wild or in town fairly often. Both of the uncommon variants are more impressive. The Palomino Dapple can be bought from the Valentine stables starting in Chapter 2 while the Silver Tail Buckskin can be bought from the Tumbleweed stables starting in the Epilogue: Part 1. The Silver Tail Buckskin is a great all around horse, so if you are looking for a new horse very late in the game, he is a good route to go.
Andalusian
Common CoatsDark Bay
Uncommon CoatsRose Gray
Wild Horse LocationThese horses are not found in the wild.
NotesYou will not be able to find these horses anywhere, and they can only be purchased from a couple of different stables. The Dark Bay coat can be bought in Strawberry starting in Chapter 2 for $140 while the Rose Gray can be bought from the Van Horn Stable starting in Chapter 6 for $440. Neither of these horses are worth buying as their top speed is quite slow. You'll be able to find horses that are just as good pretty much everywhere.
Appaloosa
Common CoatsBlanket and Leopard Blanket
Uncommon CoatsLeopard and Brown Leopard
Wild Horse LocationSouth of the Wapiti Indian Reservation. There is a area east of Cotorra Springs (and south of the "R" from the Ambarino text on your map) where there is a little bit of open land that isn't quite so forested. This is where they most often appear, although like all other horses they do have a small range they can inhabit in this general area.
NotesThe common coats are slightly better in terms of overall stats compared to some of the other generic horses, but are still fairly unremarkable. You can find the common coats either in the wild or occasionally in towns, while both the uncommon coats can be purchased in stables. The Brown Leopard can be bought from the Tumbleweed stable starting in the Epilogue: Part 1 while the Leopard can be bought from the Van Horn stable starting in Chapter 6. Both uncommon coats are great options and have really good overall stats.
Arabian
Common CoatsNone
Uncommon CoatsBlack, Rose Grey Bay, and White
Wild Horse Location

There is only one Arabian horse you can find anywhere in the wild, and that is the rare white coat. There is only one spawn spot in the entire game and this is one of three very rare horses you can discover in the wild. The horse is found in the far west of Ambarino, to the west of Lake Isabella. If you check the middle of the lake, there is a small island. The horse is typically found to the west of the road that runs west of Lake Isabella, and its range typically is from the top of the island to the bottom of the "Lake Isabella" text. It can even be slightly north of this, but usually won't be found much north of that. You may need to explore a bit as its range is fairly large, so make sure you come equipped with warm clothes when you start your search. It's most common habitat is highlighted below, but if you cannot find it there check slightly north or south of this as well.

NotesThe Arabian is perhaps the best horse breed in the entire game. Strangely, the rare one you can find in the wild is probably the worst of the three even though its stats are still very good. The other two coats can be purchased from a couple of different stables. The black coat can be purchased from the Saint Denis Stable starting in Chapter 4, while the rose grey bay can be bought from the Blackwater Stable starting in the Epilogue: Part 1. These are two of the best horses you can get in the entire game (the rose grey bay is slightly better but the game will be almost over when you can purchase him) so these two are definitely worth the investment.
Ardennes
Common CoatsBay Roan
Uncommon CoatsStrawberry Roan
Wild Horse LocationThese horses are not found in the wild.
NotesThis is another horse that can only be purchased. There are no wild forms of this horse, and you won't find them wandering around in towns. The Bay Roan can be purchased from the Scarlett Meadows Stable starting in Chapter 2 for $140 and the Strawberry Roan can be bought from the Van Horn Stable starting in Chapter 6 for $450. The common coat is completely unremarkable, but the uncommon features extremely high health and good stamina. It's top speed is not great, though, and you will have better options for your primary horse.
Belgian Draft
Common CoatsMealy Chestnut and Blond Chestnut
Uncommon CoatsNone
Wild Horse LocationThese horses are not found in the wild.
NotesYou will only find these horses pulling coaches or carts in the game. You can also find them in towns, hitched to parked wagons or carts. Cut them free by targeting them and you will be able to steal one and ride it away. It is a perfectly average horse, but at the same time it doesn't have good stats in any one category.
Dutch Warmblood
Common CoatsSeal Brown and Sooty Buckskin
Uncommon CoatsCremello and Chocolate Roan
Wild Horse LocationThese horses are not found in the wild.
NotesThe Dutch Warmblood is not found in the wild or in towns around the map. The of the four horses can be purchased from various stables. The chocolate roan can be bought in the Valentine Stables in Chapter 2, the seal brown can be bought in the Strawberry Stable in Chapter 3, and the sooty buckskin can be bought at the Scarlett Meadows Stable in Chapter 2. The cremello coat is given as a reward for completing The Veteran - IV stranger mission. Please refer to the Missions and Events subsection for more details on how to finish this mission. Both uncommon coats here are very good, and even the common coats are not too bad. Their speed could be better, so it likely won't be your main horse, but they are solid horses to have.
Hungarian Halfbred
Common CoatsFlaxen Chestnut and Piebald Tobiano
Uncommon CoatsDapple Dark Gray
Wild Horse LocationWest of Blackwater in West Elizabeth. Directly west of the "A" and the "B" in the West Elizabeth text on your map is a road. You want to explore the large patch of land west of this road that is bordered by other roads on the south and east and by the Upper Montana River to the north. The wild Hungarian Halfbred is somewhere on this patch usually, although they can also occasionally be found just slightly south.
NotesThe flaxen chestnut and piebald tobiano are found pretty much exclusively in the wild, although you can very rarely find someone else riding them in the game. The dapple dark gray can only be purchased from the Valentine Stable stating in Chapter 2. These horses are all perfectly "fine" but tend to have lower than desired speed to serve as your primary horse.
Kentucky Saddler
Common CoatsGray, Black, Chestnut Pinto, and Silver Bay
Uncommon CoatsNone
Wild Horse LocationFound in the central and eastern regions of The Heartlands in New Hanover. There is a fairly large range in which they can be found, so you may need to ride around. It is all open land out here though, so at least it shouldn't be too hard to find them. These guys also are just about everywhere wild horses are, so check other areas like the eastern Cumberland Forest in New Hanover.
NotesVery common horse to be found in towns. Only the Gray coat can be purchased from a stable, but all coats can be found in the wild. None of these horses are all that exceptional, and they're one of the worst breeds in terms of overall stats.
Missouri Fox Trotter
Common CoatsN/A
Uncommon CoatsAmber Champagne and Silver Dapple Pinto
Wild Horse LocationThese horse are not found in the wild.
NotesThis breed is located neither in the wild, nor in towns. The only way to find one is to purchase one from a stable. The Silver Dapple Pinto can be purchased from the Blackwater Stable starting in the Epilogue: Part I while Amber Champagne can be purchased from the Scarlett Meadows Stable in Chapter 4. This breed is one of the best horse breeds in the entire game, combining top end speed and high stamina.
Morgan
Common CoatsBay, Palomino, Flaxen Chestnut, and Bay Roan
Uncommon CoatsNone
Wild Horse LocationIn the middle of the Heartlands region. They tend to be slightly more abundant a little bit south here, somewhat below the text of the Heartlands, but they can be found near or above the text as well. Also found in the southeastern portion of the Cumberland Forest.
NotesBoth the Bay Roan and the Palomino can be purchased from stables, and all four coats can be found in the wild or in towns. This is another common horse, and another breed that is fairly unremarkable in terms of stats.
Mustang
Common CoatsGrullo Dun and Wild Bay
Uncommon CoatsTiger Striped Bay
Wild Horse LocationYou can usually find a couple of these together in the central and eastern regions of The Heartlands in New Hanover. Their area usually includes the land just slightly north and slightly south of the text of The Heartlands. This is where the two common coats can be found, and the tiger striped bay is a one of the three rare horse types in the entire game that have only one spawn location. It is found in southern New Austin, to the east of the Rio Bravo text on your map. This coat has a fairly large spawn location so expand your search location a bit if you're having a hard time finding him.
NotesAll three of the coat varieties can be found in the wild and occasionally in towns as well. None of these are all that fast, but the Tiger Striped Bay has good health and stamina so if you're looking for a mustang you will likely want this variety.
Nokota
Common CoatsBlue Roan and White Roan
Uncommon CoatsReverse Dapple Roan
Wild Horse LocationTypically found in the southeastern Cumberland Forest region in New Hanover. The tend to be right around the "T" of the Cumberland Forest text on your map, and can appear anywhere from slightly north (almost directly in between where the "Cumberland" and "Forest" words are written on the map) to slightly south (a little ways south of the dotted line representing the barrier of the region. The bad news is there are a lot of wild horses in the region and these guys are fairly rare in comparison, so you may be looking for a little while. Do sweeps up and down until you find one.
NotesThe two common coats can be found in the wild and, while their overall stats aren't great, their speed is high enough to make them a good early game horse. The uncommon coat, however, is one of the fastest horses in the entire game which more than makes up for some of its other more mediocre stats. It can be purchased from the Saint Denis Stable starting in Chapter 4.
Shire
Common CoatsDark Bay and Light Grey
Uncommon CoatsRaven Black
Wild Horse LocationNot found in the wild
NotesThe two common coats can be found pulling wagons and coaches all over the map. They'll also be in towns, where they are also pulling coaches (or can occasionally be found parked somewhere). The uncommon coat will be automatically obtained during the Exit Pursued By A Bruised Ego mission in Chapter 2. This makes for a decent enough early game horse, although the two common coats are fairly standard in terms of their stats.
Suffolk Punch
Common CoatsSorrel and Red Chestnut
Uncommon CoatsNone
Wild Horse LocationNot found in the wild
NotesThese horses are only found in towns or along roads. They're pretty much all over the map, and will always be pulling a cart or hitched to some sort of wagon. You'll essentially need to steel one of these if you want one, as you won't be able to find them in the wild or in stables. Their stats are fairly mediocre, but they're fine to use if you're desperate for a horse.
Tennessee Walker
Common CoatsRed Roan, Black Rabicano, Chestnut, and Dapple Bay
Uncommon CoatsFlaxen Roan and Mahogany Bay
Wild Horse LocationLocated in the eastern Cumberland Forest region of New Hanover. They are more abundant in the southern end of Cumberland Forest, almost directly east of the "Forest" text on your map. However, they can be found somewhat commonly throughout all of the Cumberland Forest.
NotesAll four common coats can be found in the wild and are also very common horses that appear in towns, although the Red Road can also be purchased from some stables. The Mahogany Bay will be automatically given to you as part of the story in Chapter 1. And, finally, the Flaxen Roan can be purchased from the Tumbleweed Stable after reaching the Epilogue. Most of these coats have very poor stats, but the Flaxen Roan has good health and acceleration and makes for a solid horse even late in the game.
Thoroughbred
Common CoatsBlood Bay and Dapple Gray
Uncommon CoatsSeal Brown and Brindle
Wild Horse LocationFound in western area of The Heartlands region in New Hanover. It is usually on the right edge of the text of The Heartlands, but there is a fairly large area they can be found in and have a decent amount of space from the north to the south of The Heartlands that they explore.
NotesEven the common coats are not that common to be found in towns, but they do exist. The two common coats can both be found in the wild. The Seal Brown coat is obtained automatically at the start of the Epilogue: Part 1 while the Brindle coat can only be purchased from the Strawberry stable starting in chapter 3. The Brindle coat is actually one of the fastest horses in the game, so it is absolutely worth a purchase.
Turkoman
Common CoatsNone
Uncommon CoatsDark Bay, Gold, and Silver
Wild Horse LocationThis horse breed cannot be found in the wild.
NotesThis breed can only be bought and won't be found in the wild or in towns. The Dark Bay can be found in the Blackwater Stable in the Epilogue: Part I, the Gold coat can be found in the Saint Denis Stable in Chapter 4, and the Silver coat can be found in the Tumbleweed Stable in the Epilogue: Part I. The Turkoman horses are all great, and while their speed is a sliver below the best horses in the game, it has the highest health out of all horses which can be good if you have a bad habit of crashing your horse into stuff.